AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2014, Volume 16, Number 3: 232-234.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: The Problem of Mistreatment in Medical Education

Theme Issue Editor

Ajay Major, MBA, is a member of the class of 2016 at Albany Medical College in New York. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Union College in 2012 as part of the Leadership in Medicine Program, an eight-year combined-degree BS/MBA/MD program with Union Graduate College and Albany Medical College. He was the editor in chief of the Union College Concordiensis for two years and founded in-Training, the online magazine for medical students. He is also a medical student advocate and works with Students for a National Health Program, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Student National Medical Association.


Jonathan Belsey, MBBS, has run an independent consultancy (JB Medical Ltd.), applying the tools of evidence-based medicine and health economics to the evaluation of health care technologies, since 1996. He qualified from Westminster Medical School in London in 1984. Following an early career in primary care, he moved into the field of public health. His research interests revolve around the practical application of mathematical modeling techniques to optimizing population health care and individual treatment choice.

Howard Brody, MD, PhD, is the John P. McGovern Centennial Chair in Family Medicine and director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. His most recent book is The Future of Bioethics (Oxford, 2009).

Paul Burcher, MD, PhD, is associate professor of bioethics and obstetrics-gynecology in the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College in New York. His research and scholarship focus on the patient-doctor relationship and obstetrical ethics.

Georgette A. Dent, MD, is the associate dean for student affairs and an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She is a member of the advisory committees for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Careers in Medicine program and Electronic Residency Application Service, and she was formerly a national chair of the AAMC Group on Student Affairs.

Gia A. DiRosa, PhD, is a research scientist in the Foundational Science Research Unit at the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Dr. DiRosa’s area of expertise is team and organizational effectiveness, specifically team-level processes that foster effectiveness in complex, multilevel systems. Dr. DiRosa has contributed to research efforts related to, among other topics, repeal of the Army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Joyce M. Fried is an assistant dean in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She chairs the school’s Gender and Power Abuse Committee, spearheading efforts to improve the educational environment.

Gerald F. Goodwin, PhD, is chief of the Foundational Science Research Unit at the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In addition to overseeing ARI’s basic research program, Dr. Goodwin is responsible for research on assessment of unit command climate and unit resilience, assessment of cross-cultural competence, and assessing and developing unit cohesion. He was the lead writer of the Department of Defense report assessing the impact of repealing the Army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Alison M. Heru, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry and the fellowship director for psychosomatic medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. She publishes a monthly column in Clinical Psychiatric News on families in psychiatry. Dr. Heru has also been involved for many years in improving the learning environment and has published several articles on medical student mistreatment.

Kimberly A. Kilby, MD, MPH, is the assistant dean for undergraduate medical education at Albany Medical College in New York, where she oversees the clinical portions of the medical school curriculum. She is a nutritionist for Albany Medical Center’s Bariatrics and Nutrition Group. She graduated from Albany Medical College; obtained her master of public health degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health; completed her family medicine residency, including serving as chief resident, at the University of Vermont; and completed the New York State preventive medicine residency program. Dr. Kilby is board certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine.

Tripp Leavitt is a second-year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Stanford University with degrees in studio art and biology. His academic interests include research in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery and integrating the visual arts into medical education.

Brian Mavis, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Nancy J. Michela, DA, MS, RN, is an associate professor of nursing at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. She earned her doctor of arts in humanistic studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Michela teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in community health nursing and interprofessional and nursing education. Her research interests include feminist pedagogies, mentorship, and interprofessional practice.

Robert C. Oh, MD, MPH, LTC, MC, USA, is a sports medicine fellow at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, Maryland. Previously, he was program director of the Tripler Family Medicine Residency Program in Honolulu. Dr. Oh graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed a family medicine residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, received his master of public health degree at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and completed a faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Brian V. Reamy, MD, is a professor of family medicine and the associate dean for faculty at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sebastian Uijtdehaage, PhD, is professor of medicine and director of research in the Center for Educational Development and Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.